Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: "Edgelanders" by Jennifer Melzer

In “Edgelanders” by JenniferMelzer, Lorelei is thrust out of her sheltered palace life by an arranged marriage that quickly turns into a run for her life. When she crosses the border into the Edgelands, her only thought is to escape the hounds out for her blood, but what she finds is a deep connection to the werewolf Edgelanders, their stag god, and their future. For one thing, her heart is bound by magic to Mad Finn the Reckless, a werewolf who lives up to his nickname, and whom the prophesies describe as her mate.


As a princess, Lorelei never expected marriage to be a choice, but she held on to the thin hope that love would blossom later. Now her expectations are being turned inside out as she discovers a magic bond between her soul and another. How much of love is really a choice when your hearts beat as one? If Lorelei wants to give in to love, she must find the strength to trust again after betrayal has made her heart skittish.

The betrayals started before Lorelei was even born, and now that the lies are beginning to unravel, she finds herself launched on a quest of self-discovery that will determine not only her own fate, but the fate of the mate she never asked for – oh, and let's not forget the fate of the world.


With intense themes of consent and trust, detailed mythologies, and powerful imagery,“Edgelanders”by Jennifer Melzer is a gorgeous blend of epic fantasy and romance in what promises to be a riveting, heart-pumping series.  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fiction Review Roundup Nov - March 2014

I've neglected to post on here since December. Between being very pregnant and then having the baby, and the whole family being sick with one thing after another, I've felt like I've barely kept my head above water. But then, looking back, I see that I've done a lot more than I thought since NaNoWriMo! Here goes:

Nov 03 - Unidentified Funny Objects 2 ed Alex Shvartsman
Dec 03 - Beneath Ceaseless Skies #135
Dec 30 - Tangent 2013 Recommended Reading List
Jan 03 - Into the Wilderness, by Mandy Hager
Jan 03 - Asimov's Feb
Jan 31 - Beneath Ceaseless Skies #138 & 139
Feb 01 - Toxic City Series by Tim Lebbon
Mar 01 - OSC Intergalactic Medicine Show #37

In addition to this, I also got a lot of editing done on my NaNoWriMo draft in the first half of January before Linden was born. I'll be shelving that kind of work for a while now until she lets me sleep more. I find nonfiction writing and flash length pieces to be a totally different animal and something I can work on while sleep deprived. The length means that I'm writing it and editing it and having it published in a short amount of time, which is immensely satisfying. I've gotten a lot faster at writing them, too.

In other writing news, the Inquisitr, a multi-site news aggregator, just hired me to write articles for them. You can see my profile and the articles I've written for them here. I'm pretty excited about trying something new and I'm enjoying it so far. It's like my birthday present to me! (My birthday is tomorrow.)

Friday, December 20, 2013

What are you doing with your NaNoWriMo project?

This year for NaNoWriMo I tackled an epic fantasy book/series that I have been contemplating off and on for over a decade. I'm naturally inclined to write shorter works and the only previous NaNoWriMo that I won involved a story that, to my dismay, was completed at 50k. I have been working on my capacity for longer stories for years and at the beginning of this year I was finally able to buckle down and weave and outline that would serve this particular project.

Then, come November 1, I sat down at the computer, terrified...
and wrote 87k before Thanksgiving.
I'm still not sure how that happened.

Now comes a task that is equally monumental: Editing. I'm not ready to do that quite yet. I'm planning to start just after New Years, because it is either that or wait until long after the baby is born (wheee!).

Any one else? Have you started editing yet? Any methods you want to share with us? I have no real plan except to read it over from beginning to end, fix descriptive inconsistencies first, then tackle any plot problems. I'd love to know who is suffering through editing at the same time.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hear My Voice!

No, that's not a play on words in reference to the Bible. Well, OK, now it is.

I have had the pleasure of narrating two stories this season and I wanted to make sure you didn't miss them! The most recent was produced at Parsec award-winning Cast of Wonders:

"Black Hole Sun" by Kelli Dunlap and Alethea Kontis

When Cast of Wonders asked me to do this story, I saw Alethea Kontis' name and fan girl squealed, frightening my husband. Alethea Kontis is one of the few authors that I both adore and have had the pleasure of meeting in person. Her book "Hero," sequel to the lovely, "Enchanted," just came out and I can't wait to get my hands on it. But, uh, I also learned that I have been pronouncing her name incorrectly for years. Thankfully her author website tells you how to pronounce it and, yes, it's pronounced correctly in my reading.

Now, Cast of Wonders contacted me because they heard me in the Drabblecast (also Parsec award-winning!) earlier this season, so, you should, too:

"Twenty Ways the Desert Could Kill You" by Sarah Pinkster

Wow, both of these stories are a bit apocalyptic, aren't they? They were both a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed voicing them!

It's unlikely I'll be voicing any thing else until later next year. Baby #3 is due at the end of January and when I was recording "Black Hole Sun" I could already feel my reduced breath capacity. Silly babies.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Hello, folks! I am happy to post a review for YA Report and even happier that "Cracked" by Eliza Crewe is a distinctly Christian book:

Cracked, Book One of the Soul Eaters Series by Eliza Crewe, is a Christian urban fantasy where the fight against good and evil is quite literal. Meda, our antihero protagonist, begins the novel as a soul eater on the run after having lost her only connection to the human world. During one of her feedings, she attracts the attention of both the Demons and the Templars, two sides in a war that she didn’t even know existed. When teen Templar Chi mistakes her for a hapless human victim, Meda decides to roll with it and return with him to Templar head quarters, where she hopes to learn more about her own powers and the powers that be. Her arrival tips the war off balance and soon she must chose sides. No matter what she chooses, her life will be in danger.

To read the rest of the review, visit the YA Report column at:
http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/sffwrtcht/2013/11/27/ya-report-cracked-by-eliza-crewe/

If you're wondering about the gap between this and my last YA Report review, the reason is mostly bad luck. There was a rush of wonderful books released in the beginning of the year, and I'm sure there's been some great releases since my last review, but I haven't seen any of them until now. I have received several automated ARCs that were sequels to books I didn't like. If you ever have a book to recommend, shoot me an email at mr.mulington.the.3rd(at)gmail.com

Happy Thanksgiving, every one!